September Wrap Up 2018

BREAKING NEWS: I read not one, but TWO books in September. That is what I call a miracle.

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve not finished an entire book in over 2 months, so that fact that I read one is an achievement in itself. 

The books in question were both hits. I finally read the conclusion to the ever-entertaining and stress-inducing Illuminae Files. Obsidio really delivered on all fronts for me and was a stellar conclusion to the series. I also picked up Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology book, which is a collection of some of the most memorable and entertaining Norse tales. Gaiman did a phenomenal job of capturing the spirit of the gods.

In other news, there is actually not a lot to report on in my life. I’m still pushing through the daily grind of working, sleeping, then working again. My life has a become very formulaic in its routine and it’s making me restless.

On the blogging front, I am still struggling to find that life/work/blog balance, but I am trying to be a bit more consistent in my posting/blog-hopping. It’s hard, and while logically I know I’m doing the best I can it’s still easy to feel out of the loop at times. On that note, here is a summary of September’s posts.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list. 

Now, as a rule I don’t tend to set TBR list. I have a whole slew of reasons to justify why, some of which you can find here. However, that does not mean I am completely against them. Realistically, I know that I am not going to read more than 10 books by the end of the year, I’d be surprised if I even read half of this list. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to, I’m just not in the mood to do so. Having said that, these are the five books that I a currently being drawn to and might read in the Autumn.

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August Wrap Up 2018

Summer has come to an end and while I will miss the glorious sunshine, I am ready to embrace autumn. In my head, I imagined August to be a calm month, but that didn’t happen at all. Nothing all that extraordinary happened in August because all I did was work. Therefore, I still didn’t finish my book and so, once again my monthly tally of books I’ve read remains to be zero. In relation to the blog, I did succeed in posting a couple of discussion posts and finally added a drop-down menu for my blog features. On that front, I’d say I was productive. Unfortunately, my blog-hopping game is seriously lacking again, and I apologise for that. If you do have a post that you’re proud of feel free to share it. Anyway, here is my monthly summary August. 

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July Wrap Up 2018

Is it wrong of me for singing ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’ this time of year? I mean, we are getting closer to the holidays now. Anyway, I have no idea where July has gone. I feel like this month was one where I was just going through the motions. I’ve been so busy lately that all my days seem to blur into one. For that reasons, I read a total of ZERO books in July. I did actually start reading Obsidio on the rare day off I had but have yet to make a dent in the book. I’m already predicting that AIDAN makes some dramatic/questionable choices, and I am praying that my favourites don’t get killed.

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So, on the reading front, there is nothing new to report. However, the good news is that the projector is out so our Summer movie marathon can officially begin. Having a home cinema vibe does come in handy sometimes and when I’m not working most of my nights are spent watching films on the big screen. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 so Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

I’ve not been reading much this year and I think the reason why is a combination of things. As always, I am a mood reader so if I’m not in the mood to read, chances are I won’t. That’s the main reason, but contributing factors have been a lack of time and energy. This year has been pretty full on for me. I’ve started a new job, I’m still working shifts at my old job, making travel plans, and sorting my life out, so putting my efforts into all that just leaves me feeling drained sometimes. Safe to say I’ve been in a bit of a slump this year. However, numbers don’t matter when it comes to reading and instead of spotlighting 10 books for this list, I’ve gone with my top 3.

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May & June Wrap Up 2018

Just a warning, this will be a long one. I completely forgot to schedule a wrap up for May and figured I’d make this one a double whammy.  A lot has happened in the last two months. I don’t even know where to start. Now that I’m back home, my Canadian adventure feels like a dream. I genuinely had the best time out there and am already itching to go back. 

I wasn’t very active in the blogosphere during the holiday and it was nice to have that little break from the blog. I still checked in every now and then, but that was out of choice instead of that feeling of obligation. The break was just what I needed to revive my enthusiasm for blogging. I came back from the trip with fresh ideas for the blog.

Now, in preparation for this trip, I ended up stocking my kindle with a bunch of different titles and packed two books with me thinking I’d do some bedtime reading at some point. That did not happen and I read a total of one book on the holiday. However, since coming home I’ve found a new motivation to read and ended up speeding through To Kill a Kingdom. 

 

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April Wrap Up 2018

We’re already a third of the way into 2018 and here comes my obligatory where has the time gone statement. April was super busy for me this year. To start, I took on a load of extra shifts at my job which was great but also exhausting, especially since I also have a second job as well. So, usually, by the time I’d get home I’d be so tired, I wouldn’t even attempt to open my laptop. That means, I also wasn’t as active on the blog, which I’m still so sorry about. My blog hopping game has been terrible recently so if you’ve posted something you’re proud of feel free to send me the link so I can read them.

I also celebrated my 24th birthday in April. I worked in the day but treated myself to an abundance of cake and Chinese food in the evening. It was a very relaxed birthday.

The good news is that I also read a whopping 2 books in April. This is a big deal since my prior record was just 1 book per month, so I’m slowly getting my reading mojo back. I read Say You Remember Me by Katie McGarry which was raw, realisitc, and emotional. It was the perfect book to get out of this funk. I also read Invictus by Ryan Graudin. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I love how Graudin explores the consequences of time travel and the character dynamics were incredible. 

Here’s a summary of April for all of you.

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